Ex Arsenal star Stewart Robson speaks about Cesc’s departure and is Given, a given?

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Morning all! Yes I’m back and straight on the attack!

Let’s start with the ESPN clip that introduces Arsenal TV pundit Stewart Robson an ‘former Arsenal star’ Hmmmm, a bit rich that isn’t it? I remember Stuart Robson making his debut, away to West Ham I think and he was blinding, Aaron Ramsey like, I thought Wow, at 17 we have a top player here, then in no time at all, he wanted out as he didn’t like the way Arsenal played, went to West Ham and spent the rest of his career injured.

(I was gutted Stuart, the same as I was when the bloke you were talking about asked to leave, poacher turned gamekeeper me thinks and the wrong person to ask…   …or is he?)

Then he runs out of money , gets himself a job on Arsenal TV and suddenly he’s an ex Arsenal star commenting on all things Arsenal, I wonder why he didn’t get a job at West Ham as he liked the way they played football so much? Probably because he liked the way Arsenal shell out money.

Anyway his money is on Cesc going to Barca. So after Cesc getting set up in a Barca shirt and being caught on camera laughing at Pique gobbing at one of his own coaches, funnily, on a coach, people are saying the writing is on the wall, I disagree Stuart, I would hardly say he was wearing the shirt, it was pulled over his head, but his army barmies weren’t in there, for me all it shows is that footballers in the main are just not that bright, I don’t think I would find it funny if I saw someone gob at another, but there you go, in Spain that’s probably the equivalent of farting in church when the vicar is talking about sinners.

I want Cesc to stay and see out his contract, if not then strip him of the armband, and whack him on the transfer list, either Barca will find the money, or someone else will, and before anyone says he’ll only go to Barca, bollocks, if he loses the armband and the manager, he’ll go to the highest bidder, the gobbing incident shows you how loyal they are. Just won the world cup and gob at one of your own in front of millions, nice touch that. Classy boys!

Anyway, all the blogs spend way too much time talking about Cesc, we’ll all know soon enough, let’s move on (until the end of this post anyways).

The latest rumour is we’ll be going after Given or Hart as Taylor just signed a new deal with shitty, I would have either, but as you all know I rate Hart, and I think he’ll be the next England keeper, however, Wenger seems to be lining up Chezzer as our next keeper so an injured Given or an ageing Schwarzer seems more likely.

Onto defence, the real issue, much has been written about Kosielny and how he is unknown, well my theory is that he has been signed as back up and the first choice is being lined up  now, I believe Kosielny is a £10mil Red Herring and this whole thing has allowed Wenger to go after his real target, that real target could be Jagielka, EPL proven and if Kosienly works out, could easily switch to DM, his original Sheffield United position, either that or he is going after a monster.

History has shown us time and time again that 4 top centre backs are needed in a season, so £10mil on a back up isn’t a big deal, the Mancs paid three times that a decade ago for Ferdinand (yes I know he wasn’t a back up).

Arsenal need to make us solid at the back, until we do that, we’ll win bugger all, once we’ve done that, then address the other issue, the forwards we have are adequate, Wenger’s starting three options will be Arshavin, Robin and Chamakh, with Bendtner and Eduardo as back up, are our forwards fit enough to do a season? With the record that they have, I think we ought to think again.

Finally back to the issue of our captain. If my wife said to me that although she loved me, she prefers the bloke that lives in Spain, and if it was alright with me she’d go off with him, if however I wasn’t happy with that, I could keep her for another year or so. Well that really isn’t a good basis for trust and a successful marriage is it? I would always be looking over my shoulder. Not to mention I would feel humiliated that she wanted a man other than me, so I’m afraid that would be that.

I hope as a result of this sad and messy affair, it will stop the current obsession of long term contracts, they cost us way too much and do absolutely nothing to gain loyalty or enhance a players sell on value. Learn from it Arsenal. make what you can from Cesc and re-invest the money, my advice? Buy someone first or you’ll be held to ransom.

Isn’t great to have me back! Well done to Pedro filling in for me this past week, although I haven’t be on Le-Grove a great deal, I have been reading and yes, I was entertained, some great holding posts there!

Have a fun filled day grovers, now that Wenger is back maybe things will start to happen!

P.S. Remember to enter our FANTASY FOOTBALL league, click here for further info!

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Fantasy Grove – Season III

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It’s that time of the year again!

FANTASY FOOTBALL TIME!

Le Grove, was the best placed Arsenal blog who entered last year coming in at #66 which was our highest ranking so for! Now we’re gearing up for year 3. We want to be bigger, better and higher scoring than ever and we need you to help us gain Champions league status this year by Breaking into the top 40!

Here’s how to enter!

  1. Click ‘http://fantasy.premierleague.com
  2. Sign up to it
  3. Design your team
  4. Join the league by entering this pin into the ‘Join league bit’ ( League Pin 94765-29800)!

Then you are away!

I have no idea what is in it for the winner this year! If there are any businesses out there who have a prize they want to donate, I’ll happily plug your product. I’m pretty sure we had near on 1000 entrants last year, so if you think you’re a dab hand at this malarkey, put your mouse where your hand is and sign up!

Everyone is invited as always, the more the merrier, preferably Arsenal fans thought, I nearly choked on my salt beef sandwich when I found out a Chav won the prize the first year.

This year a Kiwi won it and his prize went out today, which was donated to us by the design genius over at TattyNutNut.

They’ve got a clearance sale going on over there for last seasons Tatty Arsenal shirts. Why not take a look by clicking here!

The Marmite's, still here, still in stock!

I’ll be sending out reminders as the summer goes on, good luck, may the spirit be with you!

Check back at 0900 tomorrow morning for Geoff’s take on the morning’s Arsenal news!

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The worst fans in the world…

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This mornings post has been inspired by the numerous people who rolled onto Le Grove stomping their cyber feet yesterday making comments surrounding they type of fans Arsenal have.

Here is an authors impression of how one of them looked.

‘What is Cesc going to think when he reads stuff like this, fans like you lot don’t deserve Cesc’

Now, I want to address that type of attitude because I truly believe that Arsenal have some of the greatest fans on earth, despite the protestations of a few on the web who constantly want to tell us that everyone outside Arsenal thinks they’re moaners (Yawn.com).

Not true.

Liverpool, Man United, Spurs, West Ham… even Newcastle all have the same problem. Everyone moans, it’s a right of passage as a football fan and I’m pretty sure it’s gone on for all of time. Anyone who says it hasn’t is a liar and a thief.

I sat in a cab with a Geordie cab drive in Newcastle a few weeks ago and he told me that he felt 90% of Newcastle fans have been so unhappy for the last ten years, he wondered why they even attended matches. My old boss is a bin dipper season ticket holder. He said bar the massive games, the atmosphere around the stadium has been so poor he finds it embarrassing to attend matches. My West Ham chums constantly p*ss and moan their way through the season regardless of how well or poorly they are doing!

So… everyone does it. Fact.

If you couldn’t have a rational conversation about the good and bad in your club, no one would talk to you because you’d be boring. You know, that same boring you get with super religious people or ultra-Patriots.

So how do players feel about the fans?

Well, the greatest player in Premiership is Thierry Henry. He left Arsenal 4 years ago and he hasn’t stopped talking about us since. He loves the fans, he loves the clubs and he loved his time there. He came back last season to say thanks to the fans for the good times. Patrick Vieira adored having his name sung by the fans week in week out… he’d stop mid-match to clap us! Bobby Pires recently said,

“It shows how great the Arsenal fans are and that they don’t forget their former players. I was really touched and moved by their ovation and the fact that they were singing my name.”

Even Emmanuel Eboue has nice things to say about us!

‘They sing my name when I play and that makes me feel really happy. I say thank you to the fans for coming to support us’

That’s great becuase it means our support is valued. Martin Keown once said if the fans are on your back, you’ve got to look at yourself, address the problems and fight for their respect.

Bang on the money Martin. Adoration isn’t a right, it’s something you’ve got to earn. Something I know most Arsenal player are patently aware of. In the grand scheme of things, having your own song would probably be worth more to most players than a £20k pay rise.

That’s why it really gets my goat when people slag Arsenal fans off.

So what could be classed as a poor fan?

Well how about the Nice  fans who spat a Loic Remy after a bad run of form recently? Or how about the Torino fans who attacked their players in Turin in January? Or the Athletico fans who managed to get their club a European ban for racist chants? The Juve fans who attacked the Milan bus? The Barca fans who attacked Jose (Ok, we’ve all dreamed of that)?

I mean even if you wanted to ignore the extremes, when was the last time you saw English fans waving a white hanky in protest at a player or performance they didn’t like? That’s what the Italians and the Spanish do. How many players stay long enough at these so called mega clubs to get their own chants? How many fans would finance get well soon banners for their young injured superstar? How many clubs have 4287 blogs dedicated to their cause?

How many fans adore their players from all clubs as much as the English (and followers of their respective clubs)! Well… as far as I can see… no one. We’ve got the best fans in the world bar none and I don’t think too many players, managers or outsiders would disagree.

So why if the fans of the mega clubs are so bad do all the players flock to play for them?

Are we shooting ourselves in the foot with our loving approach to football? Do nice fans finish last? Should we take a leaf out of Madrid’s book and boo Cesc like they booed Ronaldo after he innocently said he wouldn’t rule out playing for Barcelona? What do you think their fans would do if Higauin got caught wearing a Manchester United shirt?

They’d probably lynch him.

Now, I’m not suggesting we change the way we are for a second. I’d hate to go to the ground and pull out a white snotty handkerchief on Arsene Wenger for 5 seasons without a trophy.

All I’m saying is I find it incredibly annoying listening to certain sections of our fanbase slagging off the support the players get. They have it easy compared to most other clubs in the world and they should be honoured to play in front of us which many of them confess to after they head to pastures new or retire.

Cesc, you’ll never find love from the Barca fans like you’ve had from us. Sure they’ve got a big fake pair of boobs, collagen injected lips and faux Louis Vuitton bag… but face it son, it’s all been bought on credit and it’s all going to look like a big saggy, ugly mistake in a few years time.

See you in the comments, I’m off to the butchers to find a suitable pigs head to throw at Cesc in the Emirates Cup*!

Geoff is back tomorrow, I’ve heard he’s developed an American accent to fit in over there… don’t mention it when he comes on later!

*Joke

P.S. View here to see the sort of classy act Barca players are. Stick a Spanish footballer under the microscope as intensely as you do an English player and you’ll find out they’re all the same…

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